How kindness can transform a life – A review of Gail Honeyman’s novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”

Isabella Kremer reviews Gail Honeyman’s debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins, 2017) for Literary Field Kaleidoscope. The novel won the Costa Debut Novel Award and three accolades at the British Book Awards (2018): Debut of the Year, Overall Winner and Marketing Campaign of the Year (it was indeed […] Read more

Review: “The Lesser Bohemians” by Eimear McBride – Things that do not belong together

Second novels are often a difficult transitional achievement. Our reviewer Taylor Hebert was disappointed by Eimar McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians. During a pandemic, it reminds us of the cultural world as it used to be but whether nostalgia coupled with laboured stylishness will help us through these times is questionable. Read more

From Birmingham to Sokcho – a Conversation with Author Élisa Shua Dusapin and Translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins

On Thursday, 17 December 2020, the Birmingham Lit Fest Presents… Podcast will publish an episode about Elisa Shua Dusapin’s novel Winter in Sokcho. I had the great honour to interview the author and her English translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins for this podcast and I’m thrilled to share it with you […] Read more

Common People –
“We’ve had enough and we are coming”

(The quote in the title is from the poem “Tough” by Tony Walsh (aka Longfella), published in Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, ed. by Kit de Waal (Unbound, 2019).) On International Workers Day 2019, the anthology Common People was launched (first in a pub, then at the […] Read more

Die Liebe in Zeiten der Leistungsgesellschaft

Our guest author Patrick Helber writes about Liv Strömquist’s new feministist Comic Ich fühl’s nicht, which was translated into German by Katharina Erben and published by Avant Verlag. In ihrem neuen feministischen Comic Ich fühl’s nicht, nimmt die schwedische Politikwissenschaftlerin und Zeichnerin Liv Strömquist das gegenwärtige Beziehungsverhalten von Menschen im globalen […] Read more

Students’ Corner: Review of “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Today, Chiara Harrison Lambe, a student at the Centre for British Studies in Berlin, shares her review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go (Faber, 2005) and claims that it hasn’t lost any of its emotional force over the years. Never Let Me Go opens with its narrator, Kathy […] Read more

Caution: Reading in Progress! We’re all mad here…

Sandra van Lente meldet sich aus London, wo sie zusammen mit Dr Anamik Saha an der Goldsmiths Universität im Projekt „Rethinking ‚Diversity‘ in Pubishing“ aktiv ist. Hier stellt sie kurz drei Bücher vor, die ihren Weg vielleicht nicht unbedingt in den deutschen Buchhandel finden werden (was sehr schade wäre): Bernardine […] Read more